Comprehensive Planning

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How will the City of Colorado Springs plan for its future? 

We are in the process of updating our Comprehensive PlanA comprehensive plan is a guiding document that provides a framework for city policies and priorities regarding the physical development of the city. It is a long-range vision of what we want our city to become and is a tool for making decisions about how that vision should be achieved. It outlines strategic steps to make the vision a reality and provides targeted and strategic planning of the physical development of the city..  Visit the PlanCOS page to learn more.


What is a Comprehensive Plan?

A city’s comprehensive plan is a visionary document that guides the future growth in a city.  The City of Colorado Springs Comprehensive Plan (2001) is our current guide for how we will grow into the year 2020.  The plan expresses how we want our city to be tomorrow, serves as a decision-making tool, lays out the foundation to achieve our vision, and tells us how we can measure our efforts to see how we’re doing. 

Officially, the comprehensive plan lays out the policy framework and mapped context of the city.  This helps decision makers make tough choices regarding land use.  With the comprehensive plan, we will know what our vision is, how we will reach that vision, and know how to measure our progress in meeting that vision.

The City's Comprehensive Planning Division:

  • Maintains the City's Comprehensive Plan and its various components such as the Intermodal Transportation Plan and Annexation Plan
  • Manages and facilitates corridor and revitalization planning efforts
  • Implements the City's Special District policy